Professor Jonathan Redfern founded the North Africa Research Group in 2000. He is Chair of Petroleum Geoscience and Head of the Basin Studies and Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering Group at the University of Manchester.
He obtained a BSc in Geology from Chelsea College London and a PhD at Bristol University. Prior to joining academia Jonathan had 15 years experience in industry. He began his career in the oil industry in 1984, working for Fina UK in the North Sea. before joining international new ventures based in Singapore, later managing regional studies in Libya and across North Africa. He subsequently joined Amerada Hess, as part of a specialist new ventures team, with a global remit, and latterly as Chief Geologist in Indonesia.
His research expertise lies in regional petroleum system analysis, basin modeling and clastic/ glacial sedimentology.